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Old 06-13-2006, 08:18 PM
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If you could only have one gun...

If you had to limit yourself to one gun (rifle or hand for all of your hunting, what would it be and why?

I would choose my 338RUM. It is a sporter weight Rem 700, is ported and Duracoated with a laminated stock. It shoots half inch at 100 yds with the 225AB and has mild recoil. It shoots flat trajectory and can be loaded with anything from a 180 gr ballistic tip for deer or antelope to a 275 gr A-frame for Kodiak bear. It is light enough to carry around all day, but just heavy enough to be stable on a rest. The scope is a Burris 4.5-15 ballistic plex. The low end is low enough for any close shot that might present itself and the high end is more than adequate for long shots. The scope has excellent clarity and brightness.

I would love to try it out on a big bear some day, and it certainly would not be out of place on an African safari (other than where there is a .40 cal minimum for the big stuff).

Let's hear from some of you other guys!
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Old 06-13-2006, 10:01 PM
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Re: If you could only have one gun...

Me thinks you mean "rifle" instead of "gun".


I think I agree with you on the 338 RUM. Since I graduated from thinking that the 270 Win was the only worthwhile cartridge I became pretty impressed with the 338 Win but I thought I needed more reach. So I screwed off the 24" Win bbl and installed a 26" RUM bbl. I'm figuring the 338 RUM will extend that at least to 1K and have enough umph to do the job. We'll see over the next little while.
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Old 06-14-2006, 12:54 AM
 
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Re: If you could only have one gun...

As much as I loath that question, I have to agree with you 100%. I'm trying to figure out why I should get another custom 300 RUM (1:9 twist to shoot 240 SMKs) when the 338 RUM does everything better. My custom Kirby/Lilja 338 RUM is actually noticeably lighter than the same custom Kirby/Lilja 300 RUM - each with 30" #8 Lilja pipes. The bigger 338 bore makes it lighter (the same thing in my Kirby/Lilja 375 RUM is even lighter).

Usually the big bear badgers (folks who badger you) attack those who don't use .416 or larger for griz. I think a 338 would do fine. I have read several gun rags this year boasting the 30-06 is the greatest gun and fine for Griz (even one story of a Griz take this year with an -06). The 06 is too small for Griz IMAO.

The RUM marketing folks love to relay the story of testing the new 300 RUM on a griz hunt - shot a griz standing up - right between the front legs. The griz ran 20 yards into the bush. I'll bet the guide was a bit nervous looking for it.

I have a good friend (Jon) from Romania. His father was communist party boss in his village. Communist party members could only have one gun, kept at the police station for all but hunting season. Jon likes to chuckle that his father had three guns at home year around, despite it being illegal.

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not be out of place on an African safari (other than where there is a .40 cal minimum for the big stuff).

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I think the limit is generally .375 (so my big Kirby/Lilja RUM qualifies)

If I ever get to go after Griz, I'll take my 375 RUM, but I wouldn't be afraid of using the 338 RUM.
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Old 06-14-2006, 02:44 AM
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Re: If you could only have one gun...

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the 338 RUM does everything better.

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It certainly has the edge in killing power, but if you aren't hunting DG how much do you really need? Beyond that it really isn't better ballistically at LR. Yes, the 300 SMK is a better bullet than the 240 ballistically, but not enough better to overcome being launched 250 fps slower with any significance. Once the handicap on the 300 RUM of bullet selection is lifted with heavier, higher BC bullets that can still be launched faster than the 338 RUM can launch the 300, the only thing the 338 will have on the 300 is making a bigger hole. To beat it in wind drift, etc, you'll need a bigger case (the whole reason behind the Edge, Kahn, AM, etc).
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Old 06-14-2006, 03:40 AM
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Re: If you could only have one gun...

My trusty 308 Win.

Yes, it's puny (but cute), has lower end ballistic performance (as compared to the 300RUM and 338RUM with those giant bullets), but it shoots those non-critter-killing factory Federal GMM 168 and 175 loads into little groups and it's consistent out further than I hunt big game (nowadays).

I just love that 308 of mine!
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Old 06-14-2006, 06:20 AM
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Re: If you could only have one gun...

I would pick my 700 LSS in 338 RUM.Currently have a VXIII 2.5x8 but will upgrade to a Mark 4 4.5x14.

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Re: If you could only have one gun...

One gun it would have to be a 12 gauge [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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